Texas Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Texas
Nursing can be a satisfying career choice for anyone who is hard working, dedicated and flexible. There are many different paths to becoming a nurse; the one you choose will be determined by the amount of schooling you are willing to earn and the type of nursing you wish to practice. The demand for staff, in the nursing field, is always high and job security is nearly guaranteed. There are several different areas within the field that are often hiring nursing staff, from hospitals to schools.
Texas Nursing Schools
All states require schooling for employment in the nursing field, and Texas is no exception. There are two different basic programs for training for Registered Nurses (RNs). You can choose between a two year Associate’s Degree or a four year Bachelor's degree program. A Licensed Practical Nurse’s (LPNs) training is somewhat different from an RNs. The time frame is shorter and the training is not as intensive. Most LPN programs run for about one year.
Texas Licensing Requirements
After your education is complete you will need to apply for testing approval. The test is called the National Council on Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and is standard in all fifty states. The NCLEX will determine the extent of your knowledge to ensure that you will be a safe and productive addition to the healthcare environment. You will need to pass this test in order to apply for a license to practice nursing. If you do not pass the test, you can apply to re-take it. Also, in Texas, prospective nurses will have to take and pass the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam. This test is administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. This test, however, is not difficult and can be completed online. Texas is a Nursing Licensure Compact state, so anyone holding a current license from any other participating state may practice here without having to get a separate license from Texas. If you decide to reside permanently in the state of Texas, you will need to apply for a license here and update your information.
Texas License Renewal
Nursing licensure in Texas must be renewed every two years. The cost of renewal is $65.00 for RNs and $55.00 for LPNs.